Breckenridge sculpture finalists: Loveland artist Denny Haskew combines history, nature in sculpture
Ryan Summerlin February 21, 2014
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The Breckenridge Public Art Commission is looking for community input on the four sculptures proposed for the roundabout in Breckenridge. To view more photos of the pieces and submit your comments, visit www.engagebreckenridge.com.
Editor’s note: This is the first of four articles about the sculptures being considered for the roundabout in Breckenridge. To read more about the artists and their work, visit www.summitdaily.com.
Loveland artist Denny Haskew said he thinks his proposed sculpture for the roundabout in Breckenridge complements the location and the vision of the landscape architect.
“I think it will give people an enrichment, an excitement about what they are about to enter into,” he said of visitors coming into the town. “If they see it every day, it’s something they are proud of, for people who live there and call that home.”
The sculpture, titled “Mountain Embrace,” features a 15-foot monolith of stone.
“I settled on this stone that I quarried out of the local mountains here in Loveland probably 10 years ago,” Haskew said. “I wanted to use it as a centerpiece because I’ve always been interested in the ancient Native Americans in the area, and a standing stone monolith has a real presence, a real magic strength that I wanted to use.”
A 20-foot-tall stainless steel ribbon embraces the stone, twisting and turning around it.
“It really has a feeling of skiing, of snowboarding, of a musical note and kind of looks like a filmstrip, as well,” Haskew said. “And as you drive around it, it kind of dances, it just changes.
“I was thinking about what Breckenridge represented in my eyes, and the things that came to mind were obviously the mountains and the skiing, the summertime activities of music and film and just a real active area. And as I looked at trying to come up with a design for that and how it was going to be located and the viewer is really the people driving by in their cars, and it’s really a busy spot.”
On either side of the stone, the artist will embed a large vein of 14-karat gold leaf to represent the mining history of the town.
“So it’s really complex, but it’s a design that’s very easy to see in a hurry as you’re driving,” he said. “Interpret it depending on why the viewer is coming there. If they come for skiing, it will have a skiing feel to it or a lyrical feel. It’s something not just the visitor, but the local people could embrace, as well. … It’s a really nice feeling; I’m really happy with it.”
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